Who would have thought that blackhearted Rob Zombie had a soft spot for honky-tonk? Then again, when you're making a movie about flesh-eating rednecks, a taste for forlorn pedal steel seems oddly apropos. Enter Texas rockabilly veteran Jesse Dayton: Commissioned to write music for Zombie's splatterfest, The Devil's Rejects, Dayton produced an instant batch of certified knee-slappers, including "Dick Soup," "I Don't Give a Truck" and "I'm at Home Getting Hammered (While She's Out Getting Nailed)." Credited to the fictitious, ill-fated musical duo Banjo & Sullivan, Dayton's tunes probably won't be enough to save Zombie's dumb flick from the diaper bin of history, but they give a good indication of the songwriter's versatility. Equally comfortable rendering blue-eyed soul and gory murder ballads, Dayton also puts a twist on stone-cold classics by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Jim Lauderdale. Heck, he even turns the Cars' smash hit "Just What I Needed" into a bona fide country weeper. More brains, Mr. Zombie?
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene with music features, additional online music listings and show picks. We'll also send special ticket offers and music promotions available only to our Music Newsletter subscribers.